In July, we announced the release of our latest version of VNS3, 4.0. The features and functions are obviously the big reasons for updated the software-only virtual appliance, but I wanted to take a moment to point out some of the huge ways VNS3 has changed from the visual side.
VNS3 4.0 has had a major facelift.
Change your password, now!
If you’re launching a brand new VNS3 4.0 from AWS or Azure Marketplaces, the very first thing you’ll notice is the bright red warnings to update passwords at your first login. We are a security company, so it’s pretty important to us to help our customers stay secure. Even though passwords and logins seem like a small deal, weak passwords have brought down some of the biggest and best.
Want some high availability with that Controller?
After you log in and change that password, the next screen you’ll see is the Getting Started page. Here are your usual 3 options for adding a license and configuring your VNS3 Controller.
At the bottom of those options you’ll see a new section : Configure HA Backup server. If you’ve got VNS3:ms, you can add this VNS3 Controller to your configuration and add high availability with VNS3:ha. This string of numbers and letters is the UUID you’d use to enable HA.
Easier Clientpack organization and page view
Customers with complex networks and several clientpacks will enjoy this update. One of the UI redesign requests we got was to add paginated, sortable and searchable tables for Clientpacks. These types of organizational tables will also be in the sections for Peered connections, Overlay Network devices, and IPsec tunnels.
Dig the new colors
We hope you dig the new colors. Whether you upgraded an existing VNS3 Controller to 4.0 or went through the launch steps, we hope you like the new UI.
We’ve updated the main menu categories. Don’t worry, it’s nothing Windows Vista drastic.
Up at the top are still the Runtime, Overlay, and Connections sections. This is where you’ll spend most of your time configuring and editing VNS3.
We scooted Containers up between Connections and Maintenance, since it’s pretty important for customers who use the VNS3 plugin system. In the Container section are still controls and links to container networks, container images and the list of all your configured containers. Need a quick refresher on VNS3 Containers? Here’s a video on our WAF plugin.
We’ve booted the Admin section down to the bottom of the list. Hopefully you won’t visit this section as often as the other UI menu items. But, just in case anything goes wrong the last 2 sections are here to help. Snapshots, licensing, remote support, and admin settings live here.
2 new menu items in the Admin section
The new 4.0 version lets you install your own SSL certificates. In the HTTPS Certs page you can upload either SSL Certificates or SSL keys. Easy enough.
In earlier versions, we squirreled away the “factory reset” page. Instead of looking for the paper clip hole in the back of your device, we made this handy menu item. Fear not, we added a step to make sure you’re really certain you want to reset the VNS3 Controller.
By: Margaret Valtierra